Kolyma and other former gulag sites

In the winter of 1937, a young Russian woman named Eugenia Ginzburg was falsely accused of revolutionary activities and sent to a labor camp for the next 18 years. During the 1930s, after Joseph Stalin assumed control of the Soviet Union, millions of Soviet citizens like Ginzburg were imprisoned in labor camps known by the acronym GULAG. At the height of the Stalinist purges, Russians were sent to the gulag for crimes as petty as making jokes about Stalin. The camps were infamous for their harsh treatment of prisoners and millions died before finishing their sentences.

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Shades of Russian nature beyond the Arctic Circle

The Khibiny Mountains are a small mass of mountains in the central part of the Kola Peninsula located within the Russian Arctic Circle. It’s unique for its geological formation and relief. The largest number of rare plant species in the Murmansk region have been discovered here. Thickets of dwarf birch, shrubs, mosses and lichens abound in the mountains’ valleys.

Credit: Alexandr Ermolitsky.

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“Siberian Christ” founded the City of the Sun in taiga

The Church of the Last Covenant was founded by a man who called himself Vissarion; he started forming a religious community in Siberian Taiga in 1991 - today his settlement called the City of the Sun occupies 250 hectares

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Siberian faces of the 20th century

These photographs were taken in the Siberian Yeniseysk Governorate in the 20th century. They remain in the archive of the city of Krasnoyarsk’s local museum. This is visual history: the local residents’ livelihoods, deer herding and shipping on the Yenisei River, and constructing churches. But the most interesting and astounding is, of course, the faces of people who lived at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Mummified baby mammoth

Mammoth researcher Professor Adrian Lister, left, and curator of the Shemanovsky Museum Galina Karzanova pose for members of the media looking at Lyuba, a baby woolly mammoth.

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